What It’s Really Like to Be Intuitive AND An Entrepreneur

What It’s Really Like to Be Intuitive AND An Entrepreneur

Intuitive and an Entrepreneur

Coming out about being intuitive AND an entrepreneur…

When I was asked by my friend and colleague, RoseAnn Janzen to write about what it’s like to be intuitive AND an entrepreneur, I had to think before I decided if I wanted to share about this. It hasn’t always been easy for me to open up, not just because I’m an introvert but, because throughout my life when I did share my experiences I was told I had an overactive imagination or I was made to feel this was wrong.

After thinking it over, I realized it was important to share even if it pushed me out of my comfort zone. You see, being intuitive is what led me to become an entrepreneur in the first place and find my purpose. I’m happy about the result and I think sharing my experience might inspire other budding intuitives and entrepreneurs to follow their instincts too.

My experiences were met with doubt, skepticism and disapproval

No one believed me when I said there were people in my room at night who spoke to me. I had to deal with this from the age of 4 and I was very frightened by my nightly visitors. This caused a wicked fear of the dark where I had to sleep with a night light on until I was in my twenties.

My mother didn’t believe that I wasn’t just repeating gossip about an alcoholic neighbor when I told her he died of “liver disease.” I couldn’t tell her the “voice who talked to me” had told me ’cause I knew she wouldn’t believe me. So by the age of eight I had decided that it was best not to share what I saw and heard. This began a long stretch of keeping a part of myself hidden and many, many years of self-doubt. Did hearing voices mean I was crazy? Was I making this all up? Was I a “bad girl” as implied by my mom? Being doubted by my mother seriously undermined my confidence and led to my making many disastrous decisions because I didn’t trust myself. It was not a bed of roses to have this ability.

As an executive in the financial industry I never dared divulge the unorthodox way new business came to me. I was afraid my boss would think I wasn’t stable and I wouldn’t get any more promotions. This “voice” that was sometimes loud and bold and other times a whisper or more like an urge to do something, led me to pick up the phone and make appointments to get more business from certain clients or prospects at certain times when they were most receptive. When they answered the phone they’d say things like, “You know I was just thinking about calling you. I need a line of credit and….”

Your intuition can guide you in your life, business or career

It’s pretty much the same when it comes to being intuitive AND an entrepreneur. I let that “voice” guide me and I listen to it. It says things such as, “tackle this project, read this book or call this person and take this course or go to this event” and I do. When I’m working at my desk I sometimes hear my cat Punkin on his scratching pad even though, he’s been gone now over a year. It’s just another day at the office.

Sometimes, I feel an undeniable “pull” toward something for no explicable reason and other times I hear the voice very clearly. If I had to describe what it’s like to actually hear the “voice” I’d say that it speaks to me from over my right shoulder. I hear it mostly in my right ear and it can be very loud. Sometimes it startles me it’s so loud. The first time I saw, “The Wizard of Oz” on television I was 7 years old. I remember thinking, in that weird kid’s logic sort of way, ‘maybe it’s the voice of Oz?’ because it was loud and seemed to come out of nowhere just like the voice of the “Great and Powerful Oz.”

Once when the voice spoke very loudly my now ex-husband was standing nearby. Out of the clear blue I heard this command, “Go into the mortgage business!” I jumped when I heard it. My husband seeing me jump said, “What’s wrong?” I asked him if he’d heard anything and he shook his head, no. I’d always wondered if anyone else could hear it and finally I had my answer. I listened, left the world of wealth management behind and went into the mortgage biz for 15 years where I had a very successful run during the real estate boom.

It’s a big responsibility and sometimes a “cross to bear”

Sometimes, I hear things when I’m around people. “They lost a baby” or “She’s addicted to pills” and such. Sometimes I see things such as the image of a character from a movie super-imposed over a person’s face or body and I know that something similar to what happened to the character from the movie is going to happen to this person. This is difficult because often I have to ignore it. It’ll happen when I’m out somewhere, for example on the grocery check-out line. This produces a lot of anxiety; am I supposed to say something? What if I don’t and something bad happens or what if I do and they think I’m crazy? The bottom line is if there’s some opening or it’s appropriate to help I do but I never invade anyone’s privacy out in public.

As soon as a person knows about my ability they become very inquisitive too, which I totally understand. Human beings want answers, and I get that. Being constantly asked, “Do you see anything around me? Is there anyone here? Do you hear anything? Can you tell me anything?” is quite overwhelming. You don’t feel like you can just have a normal conversation with people because they’re expecting you to be Zolar the Magnificent. I have a dear friend who’s a medium too and she goes through the same thing…wherever she is people are constantly ask her to “do her thing.” This is another reason why it’s been difficult coping with this and I’ve tended to shy away from being more open about it.

I can’t always control when the voice speaks nor what it tells me. I can only assume when it speaks I’m to listen. There have been many times in my life when I wanted guidance and I got it wrong or it didn’t come. It’s not like I can put a quarter in and out pops the answer although, I wish it were. Now I can look back and see this was due to what I have learned and teach others; I was much too fearful and attached to one particular the outcome. That blocks intuition from coming through all together or you misinterpret it as what you want to hear. Now, I ask, wait and try to stay neutral about the outcome.

A few years ago, after the real estate bubble burst and I wasn’t making enough money I was contemplating whether to take a salary job or hang on in the mortgage business until I had finished producing my guided meditations album. As I locked the front door to take a walk I was thinking, “If I find a coin it means I should hang on and finish the album.” I started walking my usual route when the voice said, “Go left.” But I didn’t want to go left! That was the long way around and I only had a short time for my walk. I obeyed and went left. A block later I found a twenty dollar bill on the street. I took it as a huge sign to hang on and finish the album and I’m glad I did.

When I was younger I heard the voice more frequently especially as it pertained to other people, until I learned to take charge. In my twenties I read somewhere that you could say, “No! You don’t talk to me unless I say it’s time!” So that’s what I did and continue to do and it got much better after that. Now I hear the voice more often advising me about my own life – which is fine and what I teach people to do: use their intuition to guide them. I’ve trained the voice not speak to me about other people’s lives unless it’s an appropriate time and place…but it does break the rule every so often.

Intuition opens the door to Infinite Intelligence

The biggest impact being intuitive had on me was that it led me seek answers about life’s Big Questions from an early age and to begin doing yoga and meditating as a teenager in my quest for those answers. I was very curious about death and what came afterward. I knew that there must be more to life because of the people in my room at night but, before the Internet there were meager resources to get information. I scoured the public library taking out the few books I could find on spirits or telepathy. As I got older I amassed a huge personal library of books on the metaphysical topics I was so fascinated by.

My search for answers took me on a journey that led me to eventually found Powered by Intuition in 2010. Powered by Intuition began as a “dare” I made of myself. As an adult because of my lack of confidence in myself, I’d ignored my intuition many times and made many poor decisions in favor of what seemed “safe” or what I thought I was supposed to do. As a result I woke up one day very, very dissatisfied with my life. I had a hunch that if I were to listen to this inner voice rather than giving my power away to the outer voices of authority figures my life would change.

I decided to do an experiment with my life. Since up to this point not listening had put me on the “wrong” path I decided from now on I would do the opposite and make every decision by following my intuition instead. And, I would see what happened to my life by doing that. At that point I felt I had nothing to lose.

The outcome of a dare to do the opposite

The result of this crazy experiment was that I experienced many amazing synchronicities which led me to write “The Intuition Principle” in 2011 and to eventually become a full time entrepreneur. Listening to my own inner guidance bolstered my confidence so that I finally hit my stride. Since then I’ve gotten used to living what I call “an intuitively inspired life.” Personally, I now think it’s the most exciting way to live even if coming completely out of the intuitive closet is still something I struggle with. I sometimes feel like two different people…the creative intuitive and the rational business woman but I’m finally getting closer to integrating the two.

Being intuitive helps me in my life and business to be more positive because I know for sure, we are always being helped by our connection to Infinite Intelligence/higher self/soul/guides (I honestly don’t think it matters one bit what you call this intelligence).

Intuition is the intersection of creativity and genius

If you’ve been a reader of PBI for any length of time you know that I also believe that intuition is the intersection of creativity and genius. Intuition is where your most original and inspired ideas come from. It’s how we become thought-leaders. I believe that the most creative people are also intuitive and that’s why I think it’s an important ability to develop—to solve problems. Listening to intuition builds confidence and that leads to becoming leaders and being better at solving problems. We will never solve the world’s many problems unless we use intuitively inspired thinking. That’s my soapbox and that’s why I do what I do. I want to lift people from feeling insecure and afraid to expressing their true power so that they can step up and help make the world a better place.

We’re here to contribute to humanity and to do that we must learn how to become creative problem solvers. If you read “The Intuition Principle” you know I don’t think of intuitive ability as “entertainment” in fact, I bristle at that. Intuition is an under-valued human sense that can change the world and could stop the destruction of our planet because it is the greatest sense for fostering empathy. When you have empathy you cannot destroy life, you feel your “oneness” to it. The lack of empathy is why we humans are killing our own habitat. If you were to “tune-in” you would feel the pain of the conscious life force that’s screaming…so we rationalize to cut ourselves off from tuning in. We need more intuitively inspired leaders with the empathy to lovingly steward our planet and who unite humanity not divide us.

Never doubt that you’re always being intuitively guided by Infinite Intelligence

Each of us is always being guided and whether you are an intuitive person or an intuitive entrepreneur you have access to the guidance of Infinite Intelligence as well. Your intuition is the technology that makes it possible to tap into Infinite Intelligence. Always know that, trust it and know you are capable of doing great things. Don’t doubt that voice like I did. Start listening and you’ll find you meet with more fortunate coincidences and become much more self-confident and more empowered and, as you do your life will get better and your accomplishments will get bigger. You’re potential is unlimited and you do have all the answers inside if you just begin to trust that voice and follow it.

May you live with passion and purpose on your journey to your own exciting intuitively inspired life!

This post is part of a series on this topic inspired by RoseAnn Janzen of Reveal Your Life. Follow the series and read the next post….here.

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Entrepreneurs Intuition Questions Answered

Entrepreneurs Intuition Questions Answered

Entrepreneurs Intuition Questions Answered 

& Opening the Powered by Intuition Mailbag!

Intuitive Entrepreneur

Do you consider yourself an “intuitive entrepreneur?”

An intuitive entrepreneur isn’t necessarily someone who is in the business of intuition. An intuitive entrepreneur is a business owner who values their business intuition as a sense that can steer them in the right direction in their life and business.

I received a wonderful question from one such “intuitive entrepreneur.”

Question About Letting Go of a Client and Financial Security:

There’s a client I’ve had for nearly 5 years. She is on monthly retainer. For the past few months I’ve been wanting to not renew her contract. But I keep doing it because it’s regular income. BUT “something” was nagging me that I should not work with her anymore. Well, I saw her true colors recently. It was sad. I expected better from her. I ended up canceling her renewal afterwards. But I think if I had done it sooner I would have avoided the whole mess. If I had just paid attention to my intuition maybe we could have parted ways on a friendlier note. Would love to know how you avoid doubting your intuition when in this type of situation where trusting your intuition would affect your financial security. Financial security is a huge deal for entrepreneurs like me. –V. Koral

Answer:

Dear V,

You need to listen to your gut and inner stirrings when they come up.

It’s your intuition saying you two are not a match for a mentor and mentee relationship.
I’m sure had you addressed it sooner you would have avoided the unpleasantness of what happened too.
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I always think the best policy is honesty….to a degree that you don’t “hurt/wound the other person’s feelings” of course. Be gracious, kind and compassionate at all times – which I am sure you are.
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Think of a way you can “let go of a client” that is not a good match for you that serves them and is for the highest good of both of you.
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Should this ever come up again you might want to say that you think they would be better served by another coach because you want them to get the most from their coaching experience and you don’t feel you’re the right coach for them. You feel they need a different style than you can provide so in order to allow the Universe to bring them the right coach you want to get out of their way.
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By the way, not everyone is a good match for you just because they are willing to pay you. You have to be aligned on the inside with your clients. This is a huge learning experience for you. Consider yourself lucky as you will not make the same mistake again. Now you know exactly how to identify when your intuition is trying to communicate with you and can use this knowledge in the future. That’s huge! To cement it in go back and review what you were feeling and what thoughts were running through your mind while this was happening. I would also include the “nagging feelings” you were getting to let her go as well. Doing so will create an intuitive benchmark for you to use that clearly and accurately points the way in your decision-making process that you can use from now on.
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I understand about the need for financial security. Always know that when you make “space” for a new client that is exactly right for you – and create the intention – by telling the Universe what you want instead – you will get it.
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When we hold onto paying clients for the financial security we are telling the Universe it doesn’t matter if the client is a match for us or not. And we will keep getting clients who “push our buttons.”
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If you must let a client go again, (hopefully this won’t happen) tell the Universe precisely what kind of client you want instead….describe them in great detail. For example you might tell the Universe you want a client who is “coachable” and open to being guided to the transformation you provide. After describing what you do want release the client who is not a match by saying, “For the highest good of this client and for me I let them go so they find the right coach to work with who will lead them to the success they desire and deserve. Please fill in this time slot with a new client that I will love serving at the highest level.”
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I hope this helps.
Best,
Angela
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Have you ever ignored your intuition in your business or in your life? Did ignoring it lead to a blow up of some kind? What did you learn from this experience? Share with us in the comments.
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Intuition: 3 Practical Ways Intuition Communicates

Intuition: 3 Practical Ways Intuition Communicates

Intuition Communicates Vital Information

3 Practical Ways Your Intuition Communicates Vital Information to Your Attention

Intuition is hardwired so that information you need for your safety and survival comes to your attention. Your intuition is the technology through which this vital information is communicated to you.

Your brain is constantly taking in information about your surroundings. The amount of information that continuously streams in from your environment is enormous and you’re consciously unaware of most of it. Think about all that goes on in the brain to enable you to drive a car. Not only are you processing information about you’re own driving but you’re also assessing how other people are driving and anticipating what their next move might be so that you can avoid an accident. And this is just a snippet of what your brain is processing at one time.

If you’re brain didn’t filter out 99.9 percent of what it took in you would not be able to function. The sheer volume of information would overwhelm the conscious mind. A good example of something similar is when your computer has too many programs and windows open and it “freezes” because it simply cannot process all the information streaming in at the same time.

3 Examples of How Your Intuition Communicates Vital Information to Your Attention:

1. Knowing sensation. You’re walking home on a city street after dark and suddenly think there’s someone behind you. You turn and see someone about a half a block back. You never heard any footsteps so how did you “know?” You’re body is a walking talking receiver (and sender) of information. While you don’t have “eyes on the back of your head” you are always picking up signals from your environment. Though you weren’t conscious of this information it was scanned and filtered and this potential threat to your safety was sent to your awareness. This “knowing” came to you so that you could consciously assess the situation and determine what action was necessary to protect yourself.

2. Gut feeling. While you’re driving your brain is busy taking in massive amounts of information from  your environment and scanning it to see if any danger exists that you ought to be made aware of. Most of this information is filed beneath the level of your awareness. However if this information sets off alarms about your safety a signal is sent using the technology of your intuition to get your attention.

Say you’re driving in the fast lane and a car speeds up behind you. A surge of fear grips your gut and you pull into the slower lane to let the car pass. Something about this driver alarms you. You let this car pass you and go as far away from your car as it can. Not long afterward you hear a popping sound and see the car veering off to one side. One of it’s tires blew out. Luckily you were no longer near the vicinity of this car or you may have been involved in an accident.

3. Dreams. You’ve been experiencing an annoying post nasal drip and related cough to clear your throat that’s gone on for months. After having used every natural remedy you can think of to clear it up you finally go to the doctor who diagnoses you with a sinus infection. The infection clears up after taking the prescribed round of antibiotics but soon returns. The darn infection is confounding you! You have a “nagging” feeling that something else is going on.

You have a vivid dream about that you’re crying about the loss of someone close to you. In the dream they come to you and say, “Please stop crying. I’m okay.” You reply, “I can’t. I’ve suffered so much loss.”

When you wake up the dream haunts you. You Google the meaning for dreams about loss and somehow your search leads  you to Louise Hay’s meaning of illnesses. It hits you as you read that the meaning of post nasal drip is “inner crying” due to loss. You lost someone you loved 9 months ago and that’s when the symptoms began. You break down in tears and the crying goes on and on. You acknowledge that you still feel the pain of this terrible loss. You begin to apply EFT over the course of the next week to the loss of your loved one to clear the grief and finally the annoying post nasal drip clears up.

You’re intuition was communicating to you through your body’s symptoms. You didn’t allow yourself to fully process and grieve for the loss you suffered so your body was crying on the inside. Now that you’ve dealt with it you’re okay again.

Thank goodness for the filtering system we have and the technology of intuition to bring this vital information forward when we need it.

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Self Empowerment & Authenticity Quotes

Self Empowerment & Authenticity Quotes

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 Self Empowerment & Authenticity Quotes to Help You Reach Your Greatest Potential

To be your authentic self means to be true to your own personality, spirit, or character. When you tune into your authenticity and let your true essence shine forth you access a tremendous source of power within that releases your true genius and creativity.

Your confidence will soar as the right people and opportunities show up at at just the right time in your life to propel you forward on the right path you were meant to follow to achieve your goals.

To connect to the authentic you and all the blessings and gifts you possess you must first start by developing your intuition.

Intuition is the gateway to the authentic self

How to connect to your authenticity and power: Find time each day to gift yourself some quiet private moments to just “be.” Breathe and observe your thoughts, feelings and nudges. Be especially mindful of the “nudges” that repeat themselves day in and day out. These nudges come from your intuition, that wise part of you that “knows” and is trying desperately to communicate to you that you listen to it.

Listening each day like this you will find you become more attuned to these intuitive nudges which is the language of intuition. And as you learn to understand this language you will gain clarity around what you truly wish to do in this life and who you truly wish to become. This knowledge is your destiny – your purpose and knowing what you were meant to do and what path to follow is how you become your authentic self.

Authenticity is where you will find your power

When you are authentically you the spigot on your personal power opens full force. You know yourself. You are true to yourself and your values. You have an unshakeable connection to your purpose and your mission; what it is you’re here to accomplish.

The knowing of your true self and living from this authenticity leads to having a clear vision of your mission and this is what leads to being tremendously self empowered. You are here for a purpose and you are here contribute to making the world a better place in some special way that only YOU can offer.

Connecting to your authenticity and power and making a positive contribution doesn’t mean you have to be famous either. For example, being a great parent and molding and shaping the lives of future good citizens of the world to steward the earth is a huge mission and accomplishment yet, in most cases it doesn’t involve being famous. Whatever your purpose is you are meant to share your best and do it passionately, authentically as only you can do it with an understanding that everything you do affects the world around you and every single living person in it.

You are one of a kind

No two snow flakes are alike and you too are one of a kind. To connect to your authenticity means that you have a special combination of personality traits, abilities, aptitudes, gifts and talents that no one else has in quite the same way. You are here to share this special combination which is your “blessing” with the world.

When you hear the whispers of your intuition and connect to your authentic self you connect to the “source” within which is your true power that, fire in the belly that, gives you your own special brand of charisma and magnetism and the courage, determination and perseverance to hold fast to your vision and keep going on your mission no matter what. This is true power and what it means to be self empowered.

Do not give up and do not think “this is not meant for me”

Every person has this power inside and is capable of reaching their greatest potential and making a difference. It all starts with honoring those little nudges and listening. And for every person you see on the world stage that you call “great” it all began the same way which should give you enormous hope because if they can tap into their true power and do it so can you!

If you think having a purpose and mission is for others but not for you yet you feel that deep down you yearn to be more and that there must be more to life don’t give up and bury your feelings again. All it takes to access your power and live up to your potential is building your confidence and overriding those fears and limiting belief patterns that are holding you back. Override the limiting beliefs by using either meditation, affirmations, journaling or tapping. If you feel stuck and overwhelmed by where to start work with a mentor to remove these roadblocks.

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Here are some quotes to inspire you to unearth your authentic self and empower  you to reach the heights of  your full potential. To your greatness!

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A mentor will point out your true blessings and help you become more confident and empowered “click here for a Complimentary Life Direction Clarity Session with me.” 

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How to Know Your Intuition From Your Thoughts

How to Know Your Intuition From Your Thoughts

How to Know Your Intuition From Your Other Thoughts

Intuition is the supra-logic that cuts out all the routine processes of thought and leaps straight from the problem to the answer. –Robert Graves

The hardest thing about following your intuition is distinguishing which thought came from your intuitive mind and which came from the thinking mind.

I get a lot of questions, but knowing your intuition from your other thoughts is one of the most common so I know it’s a real sticking point for people.

To identify your intuitively inspired thoughts you ought to know what intuition is and where it comes from.

What is intuition?

Intuition is information that spontaneously appears in our awareness without any conscious effort on our part.

Intuition is our own inner wisdom and guidance. It is a small voice we hear often like a whisper, that gently nudges us to make the right choices and decisions in our lives.

It can tell us when we should be wary of a person or warn us against doing something and when we should act on an opportunity. It comes to us spontaneously and many times feels like an “aha” moment.

Intuition can also be the sense you have that someone is staring at you or walking behind you, before you even turn around and meet their gaze. In this application intuition is a sensory experience about the environment around you.  It’s no different than the other five senses we rely upon – it’s just more subtle which is why some people are not aware of it.

Where does intuition come from?

Your mind searches for the answers hidden in long forgotten memory banks. When it locates the answer it deposits the solution in its entirety into your awareness, which is why often when the answer comes to us we experience intuition as a “light bulb moment.”

How to tell the difference between the voice of intuition and other thoughts

Intuition makes you “feel good” about doing something. You will experience a sense of “certainty” about it. The matter will feel “settled.” It will feel right and give you sense of connecting all the dots. Always go back to how this “voice” makes you feel.

Once the answer comes to you, if it came from your intuitive mind you won’t have any lingering doubts. You’ll trust it and feel sure and, you’ll feel it directly in your gut.

Deep down inside we always know

It’s only after we screw up by ignoring our intuition that we admit that we did in fact, “know.” Before we are forced to admit it, we’ve usually been in denial with our heads in the sand pretending everything was going okay. Does this sound familiar?

A sure sign you’re in denial is if you keep asking yourself the same question over and over and get the same answer but, respond with a lot of “yeah, buts.”

What you need to do is get radically honest with yourself. Put aside all your rationalizations and excuses and ask to connect to the “truth” of the matter. You’ll recognize when you’ve connected to the “truth” because your gut will feel as if its been “stabilized.”

Rationalizations are akin to lies we tell ourselves to make things “okay.” Rationalizing is not “real” therefor it has no weight, no real substance and cannot make your gut feel as if you are standing on stable ground.

Where most of us get tripped up

When our intuition gives us an answer we don’t like our ego tries to confuse us by making us doubt our intuition.

When you don’t like the answer you got usually it’s because you haven’t yet assimilated the lesson you need to learn from the situation that you’re looking for answers about. Intuition is often a “shortcut” to answers you need so, if you ask for intuitive guidance you’ll get the answer whether you’re ready to act upon it or not.

When a thought comes from the ego, often you’ll feel as if you “should do” it. You’ll be aware of your rational mind recounting the reasons why you ought to do it – why it “makes sense.” Keep track of the “yeah buts” that’s a big clue that you are rationalizing.

If you feel the voice is advising you to do something out of fear, or lack or that you should do this over that – it is NOT your intuition. This is the clearest way to know the difference.

Remember this:

 It is never our intuition that is wrong but, what we mistake for our intuition.

The key is this…

They key is your gut. You’ve got to feel it in your gut. If  you don’t feel it in your gut it’s not your intuition – it’s your mind rationalizing. Keep this in mind and you’ll distinguish between your thoughts and your intuition.

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Intuition & Following the Signs to Your Next Chapter

Intuition & Following the Signs to Your Next Chapter

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Intuition & Following the Signs to Your Next Chapter

Are you ready for your next chapter in 2015?

Did your next chapter unfold elegantly or did it whack you upside the head like it did me?

When your next chapter unfolds elegantly it means that you have been listening to your intuition and taking the right steps. It shows that you’ve not been resistant to the messages and signs you’ve been getting. You know what you’re next steps are and regardless of whether they’re difficult or stretch you beyond you’re comfort zone you’ve been taking them.

If you became aware of your next chapter like I did – with a punch in the gut – it shows you’ve been ignoring the signs your intuition has been desperately trying to make you aware of.

Can you relate to my story?

Near the end of 2013 I vowed that I would finally quit my job in financial sales in 2014 or die trying. (Yes, I actually said that to myself…..I’m really passionate when I want something). So I jumped into training after training…I became a coach and took numerous marketing, copy writing, lead generation and advertising courses to ensure that I would make a living. I quadrupled my subscribers and replaced my work income plus more….and I quit! Mission accomplished. Yay!

Ignoring Your Intuition is Foolish

Here’s where the story goes awry…as 2014 drew to a close I was exhausted. I had been working seven days a week for 10-12 hours each day to accomplish everything I set out to do. I worked this many hours in order to keep up with all the courses and homework and to apply the lessons I was learning to my business.

Around Halloween I was out taking a walk when I noticed that I had been repeating the phrase, “Give me a break” in my self-talk.

Knowing that everything we think and feel emotionally is telegraphed to the Universe I immediately went into course correction mode and restated: Dear Universe, I don’t mean that I want anything “broken” in my life I mean that I’d like a vacation and a rest and to stop working so hard.

I thought, that’s that. I’ve handled things with Universe.

The problem though is that I did NOT take a vacation even though my body and mind were screaming for one.

I kept working and dragging myself through each day in order to keep up. (I had been teaching people to find their life’s purpose by following their intuition. After finding their purpose many wanted to create an intuitive business or healing practice around it so, I began teaching entrepreneurs to use marketing and lead generation to get more clients.)

When someone asks for my help I have a hard time saying “No,” even when I’m overburdened.

By the time Thanksgiving arrived I was not feeling well at all. No matter how much sleep I got I always looked haggard.

The Universe was no longer playing with me. I had ignored the telltale signs for too long.

How the Universe Whacked Me Into Waking Up

  • My body became the means for the Universe to give me a huge wake up call. I got diverticulitus a painful condition of the lower intestine that lasted for nearly two weeks but I still kept working.
  • My 17+ year old cat, Punkin, stopped grooming himself. He had always sat on my lap when I worked on the computer but now he would only lay on the floor next to my chair.
  • My computer accumulated a series of viruses that became so bad I had to replace the hard drive and lost the use of it for nearly 10 days.
  • Right before Christmas I drove Punkin to my veterinarian’s office crying the whole way there. It nearly killed me to do it but, I had to release him from his misery.

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Don’t ask the Universe for a Break unless you’re ready to take one!

As I drove home with the empty carrier on the passenger seat I realized Punkin’s downward health spiral was a mirror of what had been happening to me over the last year that I’d chosen to ignore.

The Universe had stepped in to create the break I desperately needed because I refused to do it on my own.

For good measure, the Universe threw in a dose of the flu right after Christmas.

The Universe is always sending you signs

When you refuse to listen to your intuition and follow the signs the Universe will whack you on the head like it did me. I knew I was overtired and needed to rest but my need to accomplish everything on my “to-do list” caused me to resist the message.

The events of your life always mirror what is happening within you. If you look with an open mind you will see the signs everywhere.

What is your life trying to teach you? What lesson must you learn? How can you address the signs early on so that you don’t get whacked in the head?

Your Next Chapter

What messages is your intuition sending you about your next chapter? What must come to and end? What is your next step? Is it time to release unhealthy habits, relationships or a career that no longer suits you? Is your intuition whispering to you that it’s time to step out and create your own business?

My intuition has spoken and I’m listening. My next chapter is to find a balance between doing the work I’m passionate about and rest.  I love sharing information on following your intuition and I also love helping heart-centered entrepreneurs create profitable businesses around their passion but I realize I must make more time for my own self-care in 2015.

If you yearn to develop your intuition there is no better class than life itself! Your intuition is a sense just like the other five senses you have. You must learn how to rely upon it to navigate your life just as surely as you use your sight, hearing, touch, taste and sense of smell. When you listen it will always, always lead you in the right direction.

How to use your intuition to lead you to your next chapter: 

1. Pay attention to the whispers in the back of your mind. What are you being called to do? What are you being pulled toward? What are you being pushed away from?

2. Ask yourself if you have been purposely ignoring addressing certain things in your life. What do you have resistance around?

3. Get clarity. Go for a long walk in nature. If you meditate go within and listen. When your mind is quiet you will hear the whispers of your intuition.

4. Set your alarm an hour earlier and get up and journal. Start with this prompt: My next chapter is about…..keep writing until you feel you’ve emptied your mind onto the page.

5. Go to your closest friend and share what you came up with in journaling about your next chapter. Ask them if they feel you’re on target. Sometimes you need an outside opinion to confirm you’re on the right path.

2015 is here and it’s a blank slate. How will you fill it? Share your next chapter here in the comments. 

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